Online Training Software Comparison
Before jumping into online training software comparisons, you have to know the components to what makes up a training management system. An LMS is a learning management system used to deliver organizational training to employees. Generally, an LMS system is housed in an HR department.
Traditionally, LMS software is SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) compliant. A SCORM LMS is a learning management system software equipped to take outside content and compress it to be compatible for a company’s training system. This means that content has to be created outside of the LMS, then transferred through SCORM, and delivered through the LMS. Some LMS programs are web-based, and some are computer based.
A computer-based LMS is designated to solely to the computers the learning system has been downloaded on. This can become a problem as a company grows. The more employees that come aboard and the more training lessons you need, the less memory and computers you have. This can also restrict learners from learning in their most comfortable setting.
A web-based LMS, or an online LMS, uses the internet and the power of the cloud to organize and store learning information. Online training system can sometimes be confused with the online learning system definition. An online training system is the processes and actions in which a company instills on executing online elearning from the learner’s perspective. An online learning system is the actual system used to publish and disseminate learning from an administrative end. This generally includes a type of elearning software as the main tool for use.
Some online LMSs take the produced form of company wikis. These are pages online that describe company messaging and give learners the content they need to get by. With that said, there’s no way a manager can track if a new employee has read and is versed in the material unless they take the time to sit down and quiz the employee without the material at hand.
At Lessonly, our web-based training software, once purchased as an e-learning LMS, not only sets the framework for a company’s online training system, but allows administrators to treat it as an online course software, i.e., it acts as an online course software, however you choose to build, organize, assign, and track learning.
As an already large, established business with an elearning, SCORM-compliant system in place, you may be thinking, “It’s too late to go back now.” But really, you’re not going back. You’re moving forward.
A web-based elearning software, like Lessonly, will save you copious amounts of time and resources. You could take one day to transfer all of your training content from your SCORM LMS or Google Docs and in turn save time, days even, when it comes to the logistics side of distributing and learning content. Time is not the only resource you’ll be saving on. A great elearning system can save a company from hiring more training personnel or having to seek outsourced training assistance. You can build content specific to your brand and business process. An elearning system that’s flexible can allow anyone to create focused material for others. For example, a great elearning software, even though ran by someone in HR, can provide access to a sales director who wants to create really concise material that a teacher in HR may not be able to elaborate on. With that said, the sales director can share this content with the sales team and any other department that must be informed on new information or is simply curious.
Here’s an example that hits home too. At Lessonly, we have weekly industry update. This is a lesson that’s distributed to the entirety of the company. It works somewhat like a newsletter but includes quizzing and free-response questions to elicit feedback and new ideas. This allows every department to learn what’s happening in the industry and where (department-wise) it’s happening.